Bob Marley

  • Name: Bob Marley
  • Born: February 6, 1945 (Aquarius)
  • Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
  • Occupation: Musician, singer, songwriter
  • Band: Bob Marley & the Wailers (lead singer)
  • Biggest Hits: One Love, Buffalo Soldier, Is this Love, No Woman No Cry, Get up Stand Up
  • Random Fact: Bob loved to play soccer.
  • Died: May 11, 1981 (aged 36)


    “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”


Rebel who inspired the world

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” — Bob Marley

He was no rebel without a cause. His words continue to inspire till today. His songs, though written at a time when impoverishment and corruption reigned strong, have stood the test of time.

Bob Marley prophesised freedom of thought. And those who truly know his words found their soul.

And embarking where Marley once lived and wrote songs must give goosebumps to anyone, let alone an Indian journalist travelling to the Caribbean for cricket. In Jamaica, Marley is remembered in many ways — Reggae legend, Rastafarian, unifying force, preacher of ‘One Love’ and friend of the poor. But as the nation remembered him on International Reggae Day, the rebel inside Marley tops other memory.

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” — Bob Marley

His immortal words, ‘get up, stand up: stand up for your rights’, still inspires those trying to battle life’s endless struggles. Born a ‘half-caste’ to a British father and Jamaican mother, Marley once ignored an assassination threat for the sake of ticket-holding fans. Tells you just why he’s such an inspiration.

A visit to the Bob Marley museum on 56 Hope Road is a pilgrimage. A $20 guided tour through the two-storied house that lasts an hour, including a small documentary, casts light on his journey and the awards he won. The guides on the tour suddenly break into a song and ask visitors to sing along.

But his music wasn’t just about songs. “Bob was on a mission to spread his message. And music was the best medium through which he could do it,” Colin Leslie, the accountant of Marley’s Tuff Gong international studios.

“Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.” — Bob marley

As a manager of his first company, Leslie had seen Marley from the days he had just started attaining fame. “He was meticulous and a perfectionist when it came to his music. His percussionists would be tired after long rehearsals but Bob wouldn’t give up till he perfected the tune,” said Leslie, 61.

There goes a story of a mango tree in Marley’s house under which he used to smoke ganja and play on his bongo. It incensed his neighbours but Marley decided to poke fun at them by composing ‘I wanna disturb my neighbours’.

The greatest urban legend however is the story of how Marley might have got a lesion due to an injury in a football game in 1977 that ultimately led to cancer and his death. Having amputated his toe could have saved him but he refused, citing religious beliefs.

Leslie however feels that his sudden death only propelled Marley’s fame. “I hear there are temples in Nepal where Bob is worshipped.”

The Vienna ball extravaganza

VIENNA: The Austro-Hungarian empire may be long dead but Viennese high society was back with a bang Thursday for the annual waltzing, music and show-off extravaganza that is the Opera Ball.

Dressed up to the nines and paying through the nose, the high point of the social calendar sees celebrities, politicians and tycoons rub shoulders with aristocrats and nervous debutantes.

In testament to the staying power of waltzing and the traditional Viennese ball — as well as Austrians’ undiminished wealth – the 5,150 tickets costing 250 euros ($335) were snapped up for another year running.

And the ticket just gets you into the Vienna State Opera, converted into a cavernous ballroom for the 144 debutante couples to spin around live on national television.

Adding considerably to the expense is the dress code: white tie and tails for the gentlemen and long ball gowns for the ladies, preferably of the expensive and eye-catching variety.

“Again and again a considerable number of guests don’t comply with the dress code,” complained fashion expert Irmie Schuech-Schamburek. “One Austrian woman came once in a sari and flip-flops.”

Setting the bar high this year was Patricia Schalko, partner of property magnate Georg Stumpf, who hired Lebanese designer Elie Saab for her outfit at a reported cost of 150,000 euros.

“I am a personal friend of Elie’s. I flew to Paris specially. It took 100 seamstresses to sew it.” Schalko let it be known in the daily paper Oesterreich. “A dream!” she gushed.

Not to be outdone was the larger-than-life German designer Harald Gloeoeckler, who rolled up Cinderella-style in “hommage” to the legendary Sisi, tragic bride of Emperor Franz Josef.

He arrived in what he termed “an imperial carriage drawn by six splendiferous horses, with six footmen in rococo costumes.”

Those wishing not to slum it downstairs can have a box – provided they are willing to fork out an extra 9,000-18,500 euros.

This is not a problem for perennial Opernball fixture Richard Lugner, the 80-year-old entrepreneur who every year makes headlines by arriving with a different starlet on his arm.

Previous Lugner partners have included Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, and Silvio Berlusconi’s alleged teenage Moroccan squeeze “Ruby the Heart-Stealer”, Karima El Mahroug.

This year the honour went to Italian film diva Gina Lollobrigida and Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino, who confessed beforehand to being nervous about waltzing: “We have balls in America, but not like this,” she said.

Food at least was reasonable, with a pair of sausages costing 10 euros, and 1,800 pairs ready to eat. A glass of sparkling wine was a snip at 21 euros.

More expensive tipples and nibbles were of course also on offer.

There was nothing cheap though about the evening’s musical entertainment, with the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic opening the ball.

Once the debutantes had filed in, the guests were treated to a programme of ballet and opera, with Moldovan soprano Valentina Nafornita singing “Quando M’en Vo’” from Puccini’s “La Boheme” and a rendition of “Fin Ch’han Dal Vino” from Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” by the Czech bass-baritone Adam Plachetka.

It was all too much for one tiara-wearing debutante though, fainting and falling flat on her face. She fully recovered however later for the dancing.

Two hundred and eighty-eight dancers of the opening committee dance the opening waltz at the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna.

Young couples dance at the opening of the opera ball.

Young couples dance at the opening of the opera ball.

Austrian President Heinz Fischer and his wife Margit Fischer attend the opening of the opera ball.

Dancers of the state opera ballet perform at the traditional Opera Ball.

Dancers dance the opening waltz at the traditional Opera Ball.

US actress Hilary Swank arrives for the opening of Vienna’s traditional Opera Ball.

German fashion designer Harald Gloeoeckler (R) and Xenia Princess of Saxony arrive for the traditional Opera Ball.

Oscar-winning US actress Mira Sorvino, host Richard Lugner and Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida (L-R) arrive for the traditional Opera Ball.

A general view is seen of the Vienna State Opera as guests arrive for the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna.

Dancers of the Young Ladies’ and Young Gentlemen’s Committee are watched by a dance trainer as they perform during a dress rehearsal.

Dancers of the Young Ladies’ and Young Gentlemen’s Committee hold fans during a dress rehearsal.

Dancers of the State Opera Ballet perform during a dress rehearsal.

Beyonce shines at Super Bowl

If naysayers still doubted Beyonce’s singing talents — even after her national anthem performance this week at a press conference — the singer proved she is an exceptional performer at the Super Bowl halftime show.

Beyonce opened and closed her set belting songs, and in between she danced hard and heavy — and better than most contemporary pop stars.

She set a serious tone as she emerged onstage in all black, singing lines from her R&B hit “Love on Top.” The stage was dark as fire and lights burst from the sides. Then she went into her hit “Crazy In Love,” bringing some feminine spirit to the Superdome as she and her background dancers did the singer’s signature booty-shaking dance. Beyonce ripped off part of her shirt and skirt. She even blew a kiss. She was ready to rock, and she did so like a pro.

Her confidence — and voice — grew as she worked the stage with and without her Destiny’s Child band mates during her 13-minute set, which comes days after she admitted she sang to a pre-recorded track at President Barack Obama’s inauguration less than two weeks ago.

Beyonce proved not only that she can sing, but that she can also entertain on a stage as big as the Super Bowl’s. The 31-year-old was far better than Madonna, who sang to a backing track last year, and miles ahead of the Black Eyed Peas’ disastrous set in 2011.

Beyonce was best when she finished her set with “Halo.” She asked the crowd to put their hands toward her as she sang the slow groove on bended knee — and that’s when she theperformance hit its high note.

“Thank you for this moment,” she told the crowd. “God bless y’all.”

Her background singers helped out as Beyonce danced around the stage throughout most of her performance. There was a backing track to help fill in when Beyonce wasn’t singing — and there were long stretches when she let it play as she performed elaborate dance moves.

She had a swarm of background dancers and band members spread throughout the stage, along with videotaped images of herself dancing that may have unintentionally played on the live-or-taped question. And the crowd got bigger when she was joined by her Destiny’s Child band mates.

Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams popped up from below the stage to sing “Bootylicious.” They were in similar outfits, singing and dancing closely as they harmonized. But Rowland and Williams were barely heard when the group sang “Independent Woman,” as their voices faded into the background.

They also joined in for some of “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” where Beyonce’s voice grew stronger. That song featured Beyonce’s skilled choreography, as did “End of Time” and “Baby Boy,” which also showcased Beyonce’s all-female band, balancing out the testosterone levels on the football field.

Before the game, Alicia Keys performed a lounge-y, piano-tinged version of the national anthem that her publicist assured was live. The Grammy-winning singer played the piano as she sang “The Star Spangled Banner” in a long red dress with her eyes shut.

She followed Jennifer Hudson, who sang “America the Beautiful” with the 26-member Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus. It was an emotional performance that had some players on the sideline on the verge of tears. Hudson also sang live, her publicist said.

The students wore green ribbons on their shirts in honor of the 20 first-graders and six adults who were killed in a Dec. 14 shooting rampage at the school in Newton, Conn.

The students began the song softly before Hudson, whose mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were shot to death five years ago, jumped in with her gospel-flavored vocals. She stood still in black and white as the students moved to the left and right, singing background.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Beyonce performs during the half time show in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013.

Beyonce (C) and Destiny’s Child perform during the half-time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bin Laden movie “Zero Dark Thirty” arrives, mired in controversy

Director and producer of the movie Kathryn Bigelow waves at the premiere of ''Zero Dark Thirty''at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood, California December 10, 2012. The movie opens in the US on January 11. — Reuters Photo

NEW YORK: Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow could have made a testosterone-fueled shoot-’em-up Hollywood version of the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

Instead, she and screenwriter Mark Boal turned “Zero Dark Thirty” into a more complex look at the decade-long hunt for the al Qaeda leader, including a frank presentation of US torture and previously undisclosed details of the mission to hunt down the man behind the September 11 attacks.

When the film opens in limited US release on Wednesday, Bigelow and Boal want audiences to disregard a year of controversies, including claims, which they have denied, that the film makers were leaked classified information.

“It’s about a look inside the intelligence community. The strength and power and courage and dedication and tenacity and vulnerability of these women and men,” Bigelow, 61, told Reuters in a joint interview with Boal.

Bigelow won an Academy Award in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker,” about US army bomb disposal experts in Iraq. She says her latest movie puts the audience at the center of the quest to find bin Laden, and gives a perspective of the US intelligence community and how its methods changed in the years following the September 11 attacks.

“It’s a controversial topic, it’s a topic that has been endlessly politicized. The film has been mischaracterised for a year and a half and we would love it if people would go and see it and judge for themselves,” Boal said.

The action thriller has emerged as an Oscar front-runner after picking up multiple early awards and nominations from Hollywood groups.


When bin Laden was killed by Navy commandos in  May 2011, Bigelow was only months away from shooting a film about the failed bid to find him in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan during the US -led invasion a decade earlier.

She quickly revised the project.

“Zero Dark Thirty” opens not long after the September 11 attacks with graphic scenes of interrogation, including water boarding, sexual humiliation and a detainee being forced into a box.

It stars Jessica Chastain as a CIA officer called “Maya” who uses intelligence gleaned from brutal interrogations, electronic surveillance and old-fashioned spying to track down bin Laden through his use of couriers.

The opening scenes of torture, which are seen in the movie as yielding both correct and false information from prisoners, have inflamed debate in the United States.

Bigelow and Boal said the film is not meant to pass judgment – positive or negative – on such interrogation. “What we are trying to show, is that it (torture) happened. Which I think is not that controversial,” said Boal.

“It’s obviously an ongoing debate. It’s a debate within the community of people who are experts and I am sure that debate will continue for many years,” he added.

Bigelow points out that much of the second half of the film shows agents using other methods such as electronic surveillance.

The movie shifts between locations, including secret CIA centers in foreign countries known as Black sites, the Pakistan city of Islamabad and Camp Chapman, in Khost, Afghanistan. It is not meant to be an accurate depiction of all the players involved in hunting the al Qaeda leader, Bigelow and Boal said.


Instead, it tells the story through the eyes of Maya, fresh-faced and not long in the field, battling security threats, CIA bureaucracy and unsupportive bosses to eventually track bin Laden to his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

“She is based on a real person, and there are other people who also contributed who are not represented, whose work I hope is reflected in her character – it’s a character in a movie and not a documentary,” Boal said.

“I wanted to put the audience in the perspective of those people, those men and women on the ground who are conducting this hunt,” said Bigelow. “It’s ten years compressed into two plus hours…But it’s really the rhythm of the hunt that creates the rhythm of the movie.”

Chastain told Reuters in an interview that the woman she portrays is still active. The Washington Post has reported that the agent is now in her thirties, remains undercover and while receiving the agency’s highest medal, was denied a promotion.

Boal, a freelance journalist turned screenwriter who won a best screenplay Oscar for “The Hurt Locker”, would not elaborate except to say that the agent was “a real person.”

“I spoke to a number of people, I gathered as many first hand accounts as I could,” he said. He has denied being leaked, or asking for, any classified material.

Early reviews of the film, which will be released more widely on January 11, have been positive, especially for Bigelow’s sense of pacing and suspense. The Hollywood Reporter said it “could well be the most impressive film Bigelow has made, as well as possibly her most personal.”

Jenni Rivera: Mexico search finds wreck of plane

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera performs during the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Coral Gables, Florida, on 26 April 2012.

Mexican officials say they have found the wreck of a plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and there are no survivors.

Transport Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told Mexican TV that the Learjet was found in Nuevo Leon state.

Two pilots and four other passengers were on the plane.

Ms Rivera, born in California in 1969 to Mexican parents, has sold more than 15 million records of Norteno music.

She is a judge in the popular television programme La Voz (The Voice).

Civil aviation chief Alejandro Argudín told Mexican media that the plane had been “totally destroyed” and the wreckage scattered over a wide area.

“The information we have is this: there is not a single survivor,” he told reporters.

Ms Rivera had performed in the northern city of Monterrey on Saturday and was travelling to the city of Toluca, outside Mexico City, when the plane disappeared, officials said.

A spokesman for Nuevo Leon’s government said the plane had left Monterrey in the early hours of Sunday and aviation authorities lost contact with it about 10 minutes later.

It had been scheduled to arrive in Toluca about an hour later.

Psy’s Anti-American Past? ‘Gangnam Style’ Star Raps ‘Kill Those F—ing Yankees’

Psy Anti American Concert

The YouTube sensation known as Psy, aka Park Jae-sang, is best known for his silly horse moves in “Gangnam Style.” But recently unearthed images reveal the singer with the most popular video on YouTube also has a reportedly anti-American past.

During a 2004 performance that was part of a protest against the 37,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, the singer smashed a camouflaged American tank onstage, Mediaite reports.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, this isn’t the first time Psy expressed anti-American sentiments. In a song titled, “Dear American,” he reportedly delivered the lines, “Kill those f—ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives,” during a 2002 concert in South Korea.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals the lyrics:

“Kill those f—ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those f—ing Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully.”


The 2004 concert was in protest against the killing of Kim Sun-il, a South Korean missionary and translator who was beheaded in Iraq by militants. Sun-il was murdered after the South Korean government proceeded with plans to send 3,000 additional troops to the country, CNN reports.

What do you think, readers? Should Psy’s stage antics be held against him a decade later?